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PronouncedPron.kawr-NE-lya German
kor-NE-lya Italian
kawr-NAY-lee-ah Dutch
kər-NEE-lee-ə English
kər-NEEL-yə English

Meaning & History

Feminine form of CORNELIUS. In the 2nd century BC it was borne by Cornelia Scipionis Africana (the daughter of the military hero Scipio Africanus), the mother of the two reformers known as the Gracchi. After her death she was regarded as an example of the ideal Roman woman. The name was revived in the 18th century.
VariantKornelia German
DiminutivesCora, Kora, Nele German Cokkie, Corrie, Lia, Lieke, Neeltje, Nele Dutch
Masculine FormsCornelius German Cornel, Corneliu Romanian Cornelio Italian Cornelis, Cornelius, Kerneels Dutch Cornelius English Cornelius Ancient Roman
Other Languages & CulturesKornelija Croatian Kornélie, Nela Czech Cornélie French Kornélia Hungarian Kornelia Polish Kornelija Serbian Kornélia Slovak


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute